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Dreaming of Amelia Paperback – Unabridged, 2 Apr 2010

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market Ed. edition (2 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330512889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330512886
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 784,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

A brilliant new novel and a stunning new look for the irresistible Jaclyn Moriarty.

About the Author

Jaclyn Moriarty grew up in Sydney, Australia, and studied Law and English on three continents – at Sydney University in Australia, Yale in the US and Cambridge in England. She spent four years working as a media and entertainment lawyer, but now writes full-time. Jaclyn lives in Sydney with her son.

Jaclyn’s first novel for young adults, Feeling Sorry for Celia, was an instant bestseller in Australia, America and the UK. She followed this up with the equally fantastic Finding Cassie Crazy and Becoming Bindy Mackenzie, and the brilliantly original Spell Book of Listen Taylor.

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Dreaming of Amelia is the kookiest book I have ever read and that can only be a good thing. It is the story of a whole cast of characters and not particularly about any single one of them. Yes, the title has Amelia's name but she is not exactly the main character. She is the mystery to be solved if you like. The story revolves around the lives of teens who attend Ashbury High School, a private school in New South Wales, Australia. Specifically, they live in the town of Castle Hill. The format of this book is unique in my reading experience because most of it is told through the students' HSC English exam on the theme of Gothic fiction. In addition to reading their examination entries, you also get minutes from teachers meetings, teachers emails, student blog posts and the odd letter. The sum of which is one hilarious, sometimes touching, sometimes frigetning story which plays with the theme of Gothic fiction. Jaclyn Moriarty is in every sense a literary genius who had me literally cackling with laughter.

Emily, Cassie and Lydia are in their final year and the book follows them through each term using the exam paper format and English assignments as a way to communicate their stories. Emily is a complete drama queen who loves to exaggerate and embodies what I like to think of as the hyperbole of adolesence. Her voice is funny in the extreme. I could read her Gothic stories all day long. Lydia is much more controlled and I guess is the leader of the group. She has a secret that is eating away at her and causing her to keep an emotional distance from Seb (her ex boyfriend) and sometimes even her friends. Cassie does not play a huge role other than to comment upon Emily's blog and her obsession: Riley and Amelia.

Riley and Amelia are new students to Ashbury High.
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I've been an avid fan of Jaclyn Moriarty since I read her first novel, "Feeling Sorry for Celia", when I was thirteen. I've always liked the epistolary style of writing and Moriarty is one of the few authors who can pull this off successfully, in my opinion. "Dreaming of Amelia" is a particularly unique version of this style of story-telling in that the majority of it is written in the form of an English exam. Although this is interspersed with emails, blog posts and letters, for the most part of the story we follow four characters as they sit their final English exam - Lydia, Emily, Toby and Riley. Lydia and Emily first appeared in Moriarty's second novel, "Finding Cassie Crazy", and both played cameos in "Becoming Bindy Mackenzie". I was particularly pleased to read about Lydia again as she is definitely one of Moriarty's quirkiest characters. Emily was, as ever, hilarious to read about, particularly as she is constantly mixing up words when she writes. Her exam paper was wonderfully over-dramatic. Toby also featured in "Becoming Bindy Mackenzie", although it took me a while to remember where I'd heard of him before, and it was great to see his character developing. He was especially interesting to read about as he turned his exam paper into a story about a historical figure that he'd been researching, which later added to the "ghost" element of the story - I won't tell you exactly what I mean by that as I don't want to spoil it, but it was a nice surprise when the two stories overlapped in the end. Riley is one of the new characters in this novel and I never really felt like I got to know him properly. However, I have a feeling that was Moriarty's intention - he and Amelia are meant to be mysterious, which explains why all the students at Ashbury are so fixated by them.Read more ›
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Told through the eyes of the students and staff at Aussie private school Ashbury High, Dreaming of Amelia is as baffling as it is wonderful. The story of the school's obsession with new students Riley and Amelia, the vast majority of its sources are written for an audience. HSC essays on gothic fiction, written for an examiner's eyes; blog entries, composed in English class; the minutes of the committee responsible for granting scholarships to two underprivileged students. These narrators are all telling a story to someone else, quite separately, for their own ends. The reader doesn't know who to trust, who is telling the truth or when, or how much of this fiction is further fictionalised by the characters. Confusing it may be, but it's a beautiful confusion: playful, and mocking, and wistful. And quite irresistible.

You might think it'd be hard to get to know characters whose reliability you can't entirely trust, but in a strange sort of way that isn't the case with this crowd. You get to know them through their own eyes and through the eyes of each other, creating this slightly blurry possibility of who each character is... from which you come up with your own interpretation. Like most of the characters, the reader's focus is on scholarship students Riley and Amelia for much of the time. It's unclear how much their air of gothic mystery is down to the nature of the narrators' HSC assignment, but nonetheless they're a compelling and unusual pair. Then there's fellow students Emily and Lydia; the first exuberant and talkative, the second wry and fiercely intelligent. Their schoolmate Toby is more interested in the life of Tom Kincaid, a convict transported from Ireland to Australia for sheep stealing in the 19th century.
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